Ag News

Over the 17 day run of the Indiana State Fair more than 380 local agribusiness volunteers dedicated nearly 3,000 hours to construct the Habitat for Humanity Ag Build home.  Today, Habitat homeowner Arlene Fuentes’ home moves to its permanent location. Abri Hochstetler with the Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity says from the volunteers to the home itself, Indiana is on display.  “Some of the items you’ll find in the home are Indiana agricultural items,” she says.  “We have corn backed carpet, there are soy based cleaning products for Arlene to use, the Indiana Family of Farmers will fill a freezer...
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Packers are expected to be starting the week extremely short bought again. But this seems to be unable to spark cattle buying activity early in the week, as the main concern of packers seems to be cutting procurement costs if possible in order to sustain just enough supply to get through the week, according to DTN analysts. This may lead to additional cash market pressure at the end of the week. A few showlists have been priced around 161.00 to 162.00 in the South and 247.00 plus in the North. Boxed beef cutout values are lower in the morning report,...
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Farmers aren’t the only ones preparing for harvest. Heritage Cooperative’s grain division manager Ed Nienaber says there are 22 grain facilities with nearly 26 million bushels of grain space to get ready.  “What we’ve done to this point is do the best we can getting all of our facilities pretty much to the point where they are cleaned out of last year’s crop,” he says.  “And obviously the industry and the basis has given us the opportunity to do that and is wanting us to do that.” Nienaber says the co-op is also working on transportation logistics.  “We’re getting trains...
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Kat Howard, nutrition graduate student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln says you get energy to your brain and your body by eating breakfast because breakfast improves brain performance. She says to eat breakfast on the run if you have to because that’s better than skipping it altogether. http://cdn.brownfieldagnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/HealthyLiving.mp3        
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Iowa farmland values fell about three-and-a-half percent over the past six months and are down nearly nine percent in the past year. That’s according to the latest survey of land values conducted by the Iowa Chapter of Realtors Land Institute.  The group’s chairman, Kyle Hansen with Hertz Farm Management, says the drop is not surprising given...Read the full story... »     
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Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Hill is encouraging farmers to submit comments on the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Hill says the EPA’s new interpretation of the Clean Water Act would give the federal government jurisdiction over essentially all farmland in the state of Iowa. AUDIO: Craig Hill (5:47 MP3) Link to Iowa Farm...Read the full story... »     
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At the Iowa Pork Congress on Wednesday, attendees received an update on the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). One of the presenters was Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker with the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.   In this interview with Brownfield, Dr. Baker says there are signs that the spread of virus may be slowing down....Read the full story... »     
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As the number of reported cases of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) continues to grow, the pork industry continues looking for ways to slow the spread of the disease of pigs. Dr. Lisa Becton of the National Pork Board gives us an update. AUDIO: Dr. Lisa Becton (7:00 MP3)     
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